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Undergraduate (BFA) Open Houses at MECA

Visit us for an Open House! These events are a great opportunity to see MECA’s extensive facilities, have a portfolio review, and meet with our students, faculty, and staff. Please see below for information on upcoming Open House dates for our undergraduate program.

Upcoming Open Houses & Transfer Days

Upcoming Dates — Spring/Summer 2020

Saturday, May 16
Open House
See details & register here!

Friday, August 14
Registration Day for Fall 2020
Details & registration coming soon!

Accepted Student Days

Saturday, March 28
Accepted Student Day

Saturday, April 11
Accepted Student Day

BFA Open House Schedule & Activities

Our typical BFA Open House schedule is below. We encourage prospective graduate students (MFA, MAT and/or Salt programs) to register for these dates as well and we will coordinate individualized tours and information sessions with current students, faculty, alum and admissions counselors based on your program interests.

+ Coffee, fruit, and pastries during the morning check-in
+ Campus Tours — choose from one of the following when you register
Track 1: Ceramics, Metalsmithing & Jewelry, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture
Track 2: Animation & Game Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Music, Textile & Fashion Design, Woodworking & Furniture Design
+ Complimentary lunch in our Café with students, faculty, and staff
+ Information sessions for parents and family
+ Optional: portfolio reviews, housing tours, mobile screenprinting station to make your own t-shirt or tote, meetings with Financial Aid, Student Life, Pre-College, Counseling, Admissions, and more!

Recommended Hotels

Portland has several excellent options to stay downtown. Below are two of our recommendations; you’ll find several other options through a quick Google search or on AirBnb.

Holiday Inn By the Bay

88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101
When booking, ask for Maine College of Art special corporate rate. These rates can change without notice.
Jan 1–Dec 31, 2019: 15% off best flexible rate when booking

Hyatt Place Portland Old Port

433 Fore Street, Portland ME, 04101
When booking, call sales at 207-770-2404 or 207-770-2403 and ask for Maine College of Art special corporate rate.

The Westin Portland Harborview

157 High Street, Portland, ME 04101
Bookings can be made online with corporate code/SET# 552691
+ Jan 1–Apr 30: $119 + tax/room
+ May 1–Jun 30: $189 + tax/room
+ July 1–Oct 31: $209 + tax/room
+ Nov 1–Dec 31: $119 + tax/room
These rates include wi-fi and are available with the exception of high volume when the hotel is expected to sell out and with the exception of the following blackout dates: July 19–21, July 26–28, and August 3–4, 2019.

The Press Hotel

119 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101
To make a reservation, call (207) 808-8800 and ask for the Maine College of Art special rate.


If you can’t make it on an Open House date, please contact Admissions to schedule an individual campus visit.

We encourage you and your family to come tour our facilities and talk with our students and faculty. Campus tours, personal interviews, and portfolio reviews are available by appointment. 

To schedule an individual visit, see here for more information on availability and contact.